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Download new Covid tracing app, urges north-east MSP


By Alan Beresford

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PEOPLE in the north-east are being urged to download the new Protect Scotland app to help slow the spread of coronavirus and support the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Stewart Stevenson is urging constituents to download the Protect Scotland Covid-19 app.
Stewart Stevenson is urging constituents to download the Protect Scotland Covid-19 app.

The app can be downloaded onto phones and will let users know if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

It will automatically alert users if someone reports that they have tested positive for Covid-19 and that they have been in close contact recently.

No personal identifiable information will be entered on the app and the Scottish Government has assured that it will not monitor the location of individuals as the app uses Bluetooth technology, and not GPS, to identify contacts.

Protect Scotland has already been downloaded more than 50,000 times since its launch on Wednesday.

Urging constituents to download the app, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said: “The Scottish Government has now launched the Protect Scotland proximity tracing app, to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus and complement the person-to-person approach of Test and Protect.

“The app – which takes less than a minute to download – will allow us to alert people at risk far more quickly, so that we can all take steps to reduce the risk of infecting others.

“Scotland’s official contact tracing app will help us all to protect ourselves, our family, our friends and our community by enabling faster contact tracing.

“The more people who have the app, the more it can help to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“That’s why I’m urging people in the north-east to download the app, and let’s all protect Scotland.”

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